On May 28th, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released their updated guidance titled Ending overly broad criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission: Critical scientific, medical and legal considerations. The paper is a follow-up to their 2008 policy brief and details the results of two years of research, evidence-building, and policy dialogue. Key principles and considerations were outlined on the HIV Justice Network website upon release of the guidance. The paper advocates for ending overly broad HIV criminalization by ensuring that legal and judicial fairness are upheld, protecting the human rights of PLWHA involved in criminal cases, and expanding implementation of public health objectives over criminal prosecution wherever possible, using the best available scientific and medical evidence.
NEW ZEALAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FUND (DPF): 2013/2014 FUNDING ROUND
Click this text and follow the link to find the revised New Zealand Development Project Fund (DPF) guidelines and application forms in Chinese and English for the 2013/2014 round. We would welcome an application from your organisation. The deadline for application to be received is Friday 23 August 2013.
We would like to advise that this year the target western provinces and regions are still Guizhou, Yunnan, Gansu, Xinjiang, Guangxi, Sichuan, Tibet, Qinghai and Ningxia.
The total allocation for the Development Project Fund this financial year is NZD 500,000 (approximately RMB 2,500,000). The maximum grant for each project will remain at NZD 100,000 (approximately RMB 500,000), but we strongly encourage applications for smaller amounts.
Applications can be completed in either Chinese or English.
Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
China Head of Mission Fund Deadline
The Head of Mission Fund (HOMF) for China is a small discretionary grant scheme managed by the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing. The HOMF is a component of the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
Applications for the next round of China Head of Mission Fund should be send to the New Zealand Embassy, Beijing before Friday 5 July 2013.
Guidelines and Application Form are attached.
Sex workers in China face many challenges making their voices heard. Because of the legal and social environment of widespread discrimination and stigma, sex workers are also particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. Asia Catalyst is currently working with a partner organization in China to document sex workers’ experiences in “Custody and Education” (C&E) detention facilities, where sex workers and their clients can be held for up to two years without trial. We welcome the important new report from Human Rights Watch, Swept Away: Abuses Against Sex Workers in China, which not only provides a rare opportunity to hear the voices of sex workers themselves, but also highlights arbitrary detention as one of them many abuses they face. HRW rightly notes that although the Chinese government announced that it plans to “stop using” the Re-education Through Labor (RTL) administrative detention system at some point in 2013, it has remained silent with respect to C&E and forced drug detoxification centers.
The full report in English in PDF format is available here: “Swept Away: Abuses Against Sex Workers in China.”
Summary and Recommendations in Simplified Chinese (中文) in PDF format is available here: